Ayla has been a wonderful support to Mamazou since the beginning and we were so lucky to catch up with her to learn more about her motherhood story… How did your parenting journey start? My first contractions began the day after New Year’s Day 2014. Like many first-time moms, I assumed labour would be relatively…
Sometimes I feel like I am living in an alternative world where I am watching this current one pass by my eyes, constantly reaching out and pressing buttons but unable to change the course of time. I spend a lot of time writing articles, calling and writing to members of the government, protesting, and setting up long-term actions, but it has become a mountain, and one that often feels quite isolating.
Today I took the kids to the park. The park is about 5 blocks away, and as usual I put the 10 month old in the carrier, the two year old went in the front of the tank (double stroller), and the just turned 4 year old walked. I clunked the stroller down the 10 steps outside our building and put the baby in the back seat of the stroller. He weighs 24 lbs., I save my back for the moments when he’s fussy. We strolled over to the park and started over in the grassy bandstand area, where the girls drew pictures with chalk and I played with the baby. I decided to branch out a little and try my luck in the playground, much to the kids’ delight. With the stern command of “you have to choose either the slide or the swings and stay together” we walked over there.